|The Ten Commandments
are found in the Old Testament Book of Exodus in the Holy Bible, right
after Genesis. The below
is from the New International
Version (NIV) translation.
Blue text is
Ray's commentary on what it says.
You shall have no other
gods before me.
The God of the Bible;
the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the God who created Heaven and
Earth and you and I: that God wants to be number 1 in your life.
Anything that you value in your heart ahead of God, in God's eyes, is a
You shall not make for
yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth
beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or
worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the
children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of
those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand [ generations] of
those who love me and keep my commandments.
"idol" can look like, for example, a statue as
well as money or drugs or gambling or pornography
or possessions or clothes or cars or even
following someone who teaches us any way other than what God has given
us in the Bible. God wants to be number 1 in your heart.
You also are parted from God when you have not accepted
your heart His one and only Son Jesus Christ, who died and rose again
from the dead to pay the price in full for your sin. A Christian loves
keeps God's commandments. Jesus says that there is no one who is
"good". "For all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God." Romans 3:23
You shall not misuse the name
of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who
misuses his name.
Don't use the name of
God or Jesus or the Holy Spirit in any other way than in love.
Remember the Sabbath day by
keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the
seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any
work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or
maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For
in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that
is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed
the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Working on the Sabbath
is an issue for God. He rested on the 7th day; He wants us to do
Honor your father and your
mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving
A commandment with a
wonderful promise for you.
You shall not murder.
Jesus says that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.
Jesus finds no difference between a person who murders and a person who
is angry with someone in their heart.
You shall not commit adultery.
Jesus says that anyone who looks at another
person lustfully has already committed adultery with them in their heart.
You shall not steal.
If it isn't yours then
simply don't take it.
You shall not give false
testimony against your neighbor.
Gossiping or telling
lies or saying false things about others (in court or anywhere) is
against God's law.
You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
If it doesn't belong
to you keep your hands (and heart) away from it.